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Jessica Nicklin, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Jessica Nicklin

Jessica Nicklin, PhD, is the second faculty member to be honored with the Belle K. Ribicoff Endowed Professorship. The rotating professorship, recognizing outstanding teaching, is awarded every three years to one of the past three recipients of the Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize. Nicklin was the 2014 recipient.

Since arriving at the University of Hartford in 2009, Nicklin has proven herself to be an innovative and enthusiastic teacher, a respected and prolific scholar, and a valuable contributor and leader within the University community.

Nicklin receives exceptionally high ratings from students, who sing her praises as a teacher, advisor, and mentor. “I love how enthusiastic and fun she is,” reads one of her recent student evaluations. “Class was always a breath of fresh air...I like how real she is.”

Although her courses are challenging, students consistently seek them out. Nicklin creates a supportive environment for exploration, offers detailed feedback throughout the semester, and provides opportunities to apply theoretical concepts to real-world applications.

“Jessica Nicklin is a model faculty member in teaching, scholarship, and service,” says Katherine Black, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A leading advocate for online education on campus, Nicklin serves as director for the online master’s program in Organizational Psychology, and teaches classes in research design and statistics, and psychology applied to the workplace. Her research interests include organizational justice, workplace motivation, and the work-family interface. She has published—or had accepted for publication—17 peer-reviewed articles in highly selective journals, one book chapter, and one encyclopedia entry.

Nicklin has led faculty to embrace new pedagogies and technologies, and students to warm up to statistics. She has braved an ice storm to drive students to a conference, and has opened up her home for barbecues. A constant presence at recruitment events, Orientation, and Commencement, Nicklin works tirelessly to ensure the University brand—and its emphasis on faculty mentoring—is experienced by students from admission to graduation.

As Nicklin says, “This isn’t merely my job, it’s my passion.”